Hi Babes! Hope everyone had a great weekend. A few posts back, I talked about posting more of my own photography (I’m a photo major) so, here you go! If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family and I went to Hawaii for Christmas. It was a blast. I took these pictures for my brother Cameron, Micah, and their angel baby Izzy. I love the way they turned out so I thought I would share.
For the past couple of years I’ve been really struggling with my hair. I’ve had a lot of different stress and health issues that I think have caused my hair to fall out. It’s gotten so thin and brittle over the last year and it’s the worst! So, here are a few tips for long, healthy hair (i’m trying them out too, and I’ll keep you posted!)
I used to take so much pride in my long, thick, luscious blonde hair but sadly, not anymore. Last April, right before I moved to NYC I decided to chop it and go closer to my natural color in hopes that it might be healthier. While it did help a little, I just didn’t feel like myself and I spent the next few months in New York absolutely hating my hair. Going darker and short just didn’t feel like me. I’m sort of a blonde girl through and through. So, when I got home I finally decided to get extensions. I went with Honey Hair Extensions and have been LOVING them!! I finally felt (more) like myself – it sounds extremely superficial but, I love my hair and used to take so much pride in it. P.S. If you’re in the market for extensions, Honey Hair is amazing.
Anyways, even though my hair was long and luscious again, my actual hair, as well my overall health didn’t improve at all (obviously). So, this past weekend I took all my extensions out and my hair is still SO THIN, so stringy, and still super short – due to my health problems, not my extensions. I also picked up a few of these new products and i’m really hoping they will help. Plus, I decided I am going to fully commit to my health. I am going to do everything in my power to make myself healthy again. My doctor says no sugar, dairy, or gluten, and no processed foods, but sometimes I am really really bad at it. However, I am going to fully commit. Give it my all, give everything my all – i’m sick of giving everything a half-a** effort (excuse my french, I actually never swear, but shows my commitment, right? haha). I am committed. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. I’ll also keep you posted on the products. Can’t wait to try them out!!
So, after all that, here are my tips:
Tip #1: Stop bleaching. Just this week I decided to go closer to my natural color. I “broke my base” and then used a toner throughout so that I still feel blonde and bright. But this way, I can go a lot longer before dying my hair again. My next appointment isn’t until May!!! Crazy..
Tip #2: Extensions 😉 but seriously. Fake it till you make it. I love having extensions not only do they make my hair fuller and more luscious, they also help my real hair to be healthier. I really only curl my extensions, giving my real hair a little heat break.
Tip #3: Deep conditioner, Frizz control, heat protector, and a wide tooth comb. My favorite products are linked below.
Ps. These pictures are shot with my Honey Hair in. Check them out – they are gorgeous!!!
Hello and Happy Friday!! I am so happy to be teaming up with Pink Lily Boutique again. Their stuff is so cute and very affordable. Plus, tons of options! This shirt is a fave bc you all know how much I love pink – I know it’s not really pink but it’s in the range(ish). I was so excited when I got this shirt in the mail bc it’s the perfect transitional piece (always hard to find) and I’m loving this v-neck “choker” trend right now. Check out Pink Lily Boutique and use code FREESHIP – today only!
Also, Thanks to my bestie Macie Davies for taking these photos.
As I’ve talked and met with a lot of my friends and followers, I’ve realized, a lot of you don’t know that I am a photography major. I hardly post about it because I often think my work isn’t good enough or compare it to others. It can be scary to put your work up to show the world. This clearly stems from fear – something I’m really trying to work on.
I used to have the same fear with dance. I used to be afraid of performing in front of people I knew because I was afraid they wouldn’t think I was good enough. But, I got over that fear when I realized that no one was going to believe in me, if I didn’t believe in myself. I finally decided I actually was good enough and that people liked watching me. I started to perform for myself, taking the focus off what others might be thinking. Being on Cougarettes really helped me with that because 1.everyone at BYU loves the cougs, confidence booster right there and 2. I was performing in front of 60,000 people almost every week – you really have to be confident and forget about who is watching. I stopped caring what everyone was thinking and really just danced for the pure joy of it!! Now, I honestly love performing and the feeling of people watching me do what I love! It’s fun and scary and exhilarating. Honestly you have to be your own cheerleader. I’m often really hard on myself but most of the time, I think I’m pretty great! Who cares if someone else doesn’t think so, right!?
Same thing goes for photography, I am going to mess up, and some of my work might not always be the best compared to all the other photographers in the world. But, I am learning and growing and putting something I love out for everyone to see – obviously something I like doing! So, here is a shoot I did for Ivie Juice Bar. I absolutely love lifestyle photography and shooting people in a live environment vs. a studio. So this shoot was really fun for me. One of my goals for 2017 is to be more intentional about my work. Shoot what I love, do what I love and make it count. I want each day to be intentional. One of my favorite dance teachers used to tell me to set an intention before each class. What did I want to do? What did I want to get out of that class? If I didn’t set that goal, it would just be another class and I probably wouldn’t get that much better. I want to start doing that with my everyday life. Set an intention for each day. If I set small goals each and every day I think my days will start to become more meaningful. I’ll let you know how it goes.
2016 was a year of learning. A year of growth. A year of adventure. A year of change. A year of discovery. And a year I think I will always remember. This year has sort of been a rollercoaster. But, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Here are the highlights:
I started out the year with a big move ahead of me. I was moving to NYC in April and a lot was changing. I broke up with someone, struggled with that for a hot minute. I went to Chicago for the first time ever with my mom to 1. audition for the Rockette Summer Intensive where I got the best compliment of my life. I’ll never forget, a girl at the audition came up to me and told me I should be a Victoria Secret Model and I could have cried. haha and 2. Get over the break up (haha so funny to look back now). Performed a lot with CDT (BYU contemporary dance company), toured Southern California and Vegas performing and teaching (an experience I will never forget). Laughed hysterically with one of my best friends Myles while on tour. Went to Justin Bieber concert. Had a new niece born. Did a lot of collaborations. Was a bridesmaid for my bff Olivia. Played a great April fools prank on my brother that turned into the most embarrassing moment of my entire life (*hint: I was on a date and I had to go to the bathroom really bad and that is all I’m gonna say about that. HA, DEAD.. never went out with him again). Was a bridesmaid for my best friend Sadie’s wedding. Found out I got into the Rockette Intensive. Went to San Francisco with one of my very best friends, Kenzie. Met a creepy cable car driver who told me my Vegas name would be Ashley.. huh? Ate our hearts out and had the time of our lives in San Fran.
Moved to NYC. Lived on the Upper East Side for a couple weeks then moved to Upper West with a friend I grew up dancing with and my new fave, Riley. Interned for Fashion photographer, Jon Moe. Worked with a lot of models. Assisted a stylist. Worked really hard and learned a lot. Ate a lot. Gained a lot. Cried a lot. Took a lot of dance classes. Explored amazing AMAZING NYC. My mom came and visited. Went to 15 Broadway shows — Finding Neverland, Bright Star (twice), Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the opera, Aladdin, School of Rock, Rockettes NYC Spectacular (twice), Les Mis, Paramour, The Color Purple, HAMILTON, Beautiful, and Waitress. Took a lot of Soul Cycle classes and fell in love.
Went back to Utah for the fourth. Went to California (on a very delayed flight) for my best friend/ cousin’s wedding, had a blast. Went back to NYC. Was extremely hot. Had no AC. Was extremely lonely. Missed my family. Again, I cried a lot. Walked a lot. Ate a lot of Pink Berry. My brother and our friend Johnny came to visit. I turned 22. Saw Justin Bieber (again) at Madison Square Garden with Nate and Johnny. Shopped A LOT. And pretty much had the time of my life. Finished my internship, which I loved. Did the Rockette Intensive. Auditioned for Rockettes – made it to the top 15 but was too tall. And finally went back home with a lot of more suitcases than I came with. TBH I grew more this past summer than ever in my whole life and also learned more about myself than ever before. I learned what really matters in life. What I really want in my life. And honestly changed a lot (my mom can probably attest).
Two more nephews were born. Went to Bear Lake with my family. Was a bridesmaid (for the 15th time) for another best friend, Forest’s wedding. Moved back into my apartment. Started my last year of college and sadly got really depressed. I Didn’t end up dancing on a company this year bc of my major. Had a ton of stomach problems. Met with more doctors than I’ve ever met in my life. Went off gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods, and meat (as best as I could). Cried a lot (hah are you seeing a pattern?). Got some good use out of my heating pad. Missed a lot of class. Found a doctor who I love, had a lot of prayers answered, and am now on the uphill track. Before finding Doctor Anderson I couldn’t get out of fetal position for 50% of the day. I Almost dropped a bunch of classes but ended up making up all the work and got an A in all of them (one of my proudest moments).
Met new friends. Got a new job. Took all my finals early and went on vacay to Hawaii for 10 days with my family. Had a blast. Came home. Had a beautiful Christmas with my fam. Played with my nieces and nephews. Had a great NYE and am now starting out the new year in Deer Valley skiing with my family. Andddd if you’ve actually gotten to this point in my novel, I want you all to know what a great support system you have been to me this year. I love my followers. Your comments are always so sweet and encouraging and I can’t thank you enough!!! It has been an amazing year full of learning and change. It’s been a hard year, but a great one – I wouldn’t change it for anything. Hard things make us better and stronger. In the moment it’s hard to see but looking back, I’m grateful for the way I have grown and what I have learned.
As the new year rolls in, I hope to continue learning and hope to make this year even better than last. Bring it on 2017. Can’t wait to see what you have in store!
If you made it this far, thank you so so much for reading. I love you all and I hope you have a very happy and healthy new year!
Black Friday is one of the best shopping days ever. But, I literally cannot do the lines so luckily all the sales are also online! All the items pictured above are 40% off!! Plus, below are some more of my faves. Happy Holidays!
Starting now through November 26th, Kate Spade is having one of their Surprise Sale events. If you shop through the link above, everything is 75% off!! This is a sale you won’t want to miss. There are so many amazing purses, accessories, dresses, jewelry, etc. for unbelievable prices. Perfect way to start out all of your holiday shopping!
Happy November all you lovelies! I love this month because it gives us the opportunity to reflect on all the beauty that life has to offer. Each day, for the entire month, I am going to say at least one thing I am grateful for.
Today, I am grateful for modern medicine.
If you read my last post you know one reason why I’ve been MIA, but another reason is because I’ve been having some pretty gnarly health issues. I’ve had terrible stomach problems for about 4 years now but lately, the problems have gotten a lot worse. Sometimes, they are so bad, that the only thing I can do is lay down on the couch with a heating pad, or if it’s really bad, fetal position. Dramatic, I know. But t’s super crazy to be honest. I have to miss class all the time because of pain, and also miss out on all the fun college things because I can barely function. My doctors can’t quite figure out what is wrong with me. But, they are doing their best and I think I’m on the uphill track. I can’t eat gluten, or any grains for that matter, definitely no sugar or dairy, and I try to stay away from most meats as they hurt my stomach. I rarely have an appetite, I can barely eat without feeling sick, which makes dance super hard (my number one passion) and despite this, I weigh more than I have ever weighed in my entire life. I’ve never had a problem with my weight until the last 6 or so months. It has been so crazy!! My hormones are whack.
However, I know what you are thinking, if they can’t figure out what is wrong with you, then why are you grateful for modern medicine? Well.. I have gone to a lot of different doctors over the years and have finally found a few that are willing to do all they can to help. I am so grateful for modern medicine, good doctors, and everyone that has helped lead me to this point. Also, if anyone has any advice, I would love to hear it. I love hearing from my readers and am truly grateful for all of your support. Hopefully soon, I will have some answers. Until then, just gotta keep trusting in my Heavenly Father and being oh so grateful for the amazing world in which we live.
Also grateful for Fabletics because it is amazing and the prices are incredible.
My life as of late has been a little bit crazy. I haven’t blogged in such a long time for that very reason (in case anyone was wondering why I’ve been MIA). A lot has been changing and I’m not always sure how to handle it. I am [supposed] to graduate from BYU this April, we will see if I make it.. HA. I’m excited, nervous, scared, sad, and oh so happy all at the same time. My time at my University has been life changing, I guess more like life defining (?), to say the least. Since being here at BYU I’ve had some of the greatest times, i.e. I lived in the dorms where I met some of the greatest people, I made the sixteen time national champion BYU dance team called Cougarettes where I worked my tail off, performed my heart out, and met the greatest group of “sisters” I could’ve ever imagined. I Studied at the London Centre on a study abroad, performed on BYU’s Contemporary Dance Team, got to represent BYU while performing dance in many cities throughout the West Coast, I traveled through Europe on an art history and photography study abroad, I got into the BYU photography program, got to intern with an incredible fashion photographer in NYC, and have honestly gained the best education, friends, and lifelong knowledge. Now, here I am, about to graduate and leave all those amazing experiences behind. Up until now, my entire life has been planned out for me. My future is sort of unknown, which is really scary and exciting at the same time! Wish me luck as this crazy semester rolls on. What an exciting time to be alive!
Life has been crazy, I haven’t had a chance to post in the last little while bc I’ve been so enthralled in my busy life here in the city. New York has been a dream. My internship is incredible. I am honestly learning so so much. The people and friends I have made are life long, and every single day is a brand new adventure. There is SO much energy here in the city, it’s beyond contagious, and extremely refreshing. It’s also super hot here, which means dresses, dresses, and more dresses.. it’s literally all I wear, but it’s great because i’m obsessed with them. Dresses make you feel feminine and pretty. Who doesn’t love that? This dress in particular is on sale at Banana Republic. Bonus. Hop on over and check out their amazing sale items.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re enjoying all that summer has to bring.